Exaggerated INDIVIDUALISM is linked to the excessive patterns of attitudes toward INDIVIDUALITY and the INDIVIDUAL EGO, which is found in Western psychology.
The Aboriginal DREAMTIME world is founded on a sense of self and society on a different basis for the relationship between humans and the spirit. The Aboriginal sense of personal identity is derived from only one context, the idea of PLACE. The Ancestors to the Aborigines formed the mountains, valleys, plains by making camp. The Aborigines believe by moving and making camp frequently, as their DREAMTIME Ancestors, their identity is with PLACE. The question of identity, of who I am is resolved in the Aboriginal consciousness by knowing the full implications of where I am. He does not possess the land he shares it. There are no words denoting POSSESSION in the Aboriginal language.
INDIVIDUAL is derived from the Latin root individuus, meaning divided into parts or fragments, and related to the Latin root invidia, meaning to envy or, more precisely, “to look wantonly upon that which is outside one.” Many believe the worship of INDIVIDUALITY began with the Industrial Revolution and competition for personal wealth and achievement. Ancient Hindu texts point much further back in history.
Although the EGO is considered the source of evil and suffering, it is the center of one’s attention. The EGO is a lonely and isolated center of being. It gives rise to alienation, fear, and the need to dominate.
When one POSSESSES, one can appear as an INDIVIDUAL and the EGO grows. Take the DREAMTIME lesson of no POSSESSION; simply share your knowledge, share your wisdom.
Categories: PERSPECTIVES Philosophical Perspective
Ron Winnegrad has been a Perfumer and teacher for 46 years. As a perfumer, Ron has been able to express the world he sees through a rainbow of olfactive and emotive visions. As a teacher, Ron has helped others to see fragrance through his own multi sensorial lens.
In my opinion, what I find interesting is how the concept of ego is an illusion, one of which we create naturally. That the only truth that is found within this illusion is based upon our own perceptions and the agreed upon perceptions of our fellow human beings. Outside the human realm, it appears to me that the ego diminishes, and that a more clear natural order flows. The more we practice amidst this natural order, as did the Aborigines and other indigenous people, the more clearly we can connect to our higher selves, and our higher power.
I don’t think animals have egos…sometimes I wish we could be more like them! 💜